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Poster: WatchYourSpeed Date: Dec 24, 2007 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tiger Jam/Meltdown Riff

In the Taper's Compendium review of the Veneta show, they discuss a "repetitive meltdown riff" that has become known as the "Tiger Jam." Apparently in an uncut copy of Sunshine Daydream, the camera focuses on Jerry's fret work during Dark Star and "[o]ne can clearly see that during this segment he rapidly repeats four consecutive descending notes while rapidly strumming very fast and brushing other deadened strings and while pumping the wah-wah pedal with his foot. This technigue results in the quintessential meltdown riff."

Can anyone point me to another show and particular song in which the Tiger Jam appears? Thanks. WYS

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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 24, 2007 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger Jam/Meltdown Riff

ever since i heard of it i have always thought the "tiger" riff was the loosest possible subsection of a tune you could possibly sight as making one version of a tune different from another. "mind left boddy" and "feelin groovy" have their roots in actual songs..... whereas the "tiger" is at best a technique. it is like saying he used the whammy bar. and whereas i find picking out the allusions to other tunes that pop up in the dead's jams, like "feelin'" groovy an esoteric but essential part of appreciating the group.... there is little reward in picking out one particular "meltdown" riff over another and giving it a cool name like "tiger jam."

try listening to every playin in the band, other one, and dark star from about march 1972 through to october 1974...... i would bet jerry plays a fast strummed riff incorporating three or four notes while pumping the wah wah in almost every one.......

start with this playin in the band from 1972:

[...]hofheinz pavilion, 11/19/72




This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-12-24 21:41:35

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 24, 2007 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger Jam/Meltdown Riff

Same Month as Veneta. This one has alwasy been one of my favs. Here you go

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-21.sbd.hamilton.150.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: yesss! Date: Dec 24, 2007 3:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger Jam/Meltdown Riff

yeah, 8/21 is probably my favorite tiger as well. it's kind of a "double tiger" and it's just nasty.

and to clarify- it is my understanding that the "tiger" jam is neither a particular riff or a vague meltdown, but rather a specific vehicle employed to explore the more explosive experimental music that the band had gotten into. it was a distinct jam that, despite it's atonal and seemingly formless nature, had all of the band members playing relatively consistent roles and parts every time- most notably garcia's wailing and descending wah phrases and phil's distorted chords. it provided dynamic contrast in flowing jams like dark star and served the function of being a sort of "destination" or, on a bad night, easy out that the band could rely on. there were other jams during the era (both repeated and unique) that played with dissonance and abstract approaches to musical communication but tiger is the biggest and scariest.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 24, 2007 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger Jam/Meltdown Riff

bands, especially such an epic one like the dead, work out hundreds of musical cues, hundreds and hundreds, some spoken some not